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News from Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 13:48

150TH Anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish

Sacred Heart Parish in Suffern, NY, began the year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, June 24, 2017. Presiding at the evening Mass with his usual warmth and good humor was His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of NY, accompanied by the pastor of Sacred Heart, Fr. Matthew Fury, the associate pastor, and many other priests from neighboring parishes. Frs. John Gruben, John Oldfield, and Fidel Hernández and a number of lay associates of Tagaste Monastery were present representing the Augustinian Recollects. Cardinal Dolan congratulated the congregation, telling them they looked remarkably well for being 150 years old, drawing one of many rounds of laughter from the people. He also expressed his gratitude for the long-time support of the Tagaste community in the life of the parish, and singled out for particular thanks, Fr. Oldfield, one of several vocations from the parish. The Mass was accompanied by musical selections by the children’s and adult’s choirs and was followed by a “sweet and savory” reception in the school auditorium. The parish will continue with a program of special activities over the course of the coming year to mark this milestone in its history.

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish (l to r): Frs. John Oldfield, John Gruben, Fidel Hernandez, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Jorge Montano

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 June 2017 13:54
Saint Augustine Priory, Oxnard, California, June 1, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Oxnard, California PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:28

Holy Week at Mary Star—Jesus Carries the Cross. Fray Galo Espinoza, O.A.R. (pastor), led the carrying of the cross on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. This annual outdoor Good Friday devotion was blessed with a sunny California weather and a crowd of faithful praying and meditating on the Passion of our Lord Jesus. Prayers and music were done both in English and Spanish. This Via Dolorosa culminated inside the church with a brief prayer and meditation.

Easter Vigil at Mary Star—Jesus our Lord is Risen. In unison with all the Christian believers, the Religious and the faithful celebrated the coming of our Risen Lord with great devotion in the Holy Sacrifice on April 16, 2017. Uplifting the solemnity of this celebration was the exceptional sacred music, sung in both English and Spanish by a combined volunteer choir. Thanks to the guidance of Lina Avecilla and Vanessa Favela for the joyful sacred music. The religious of Mary Star, Frs. Galo Espinoza, Antonio Palos and Eric-Antonio Crelencia, together with the Recollect religious of St. Augustine Priory, were joined in this solemn celebration by Fr. Jose Sergio Sanchez, Provincial of St. Nicholas of Tolentine.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:47
20th Annual Tagaste Monastery Golf Outing PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 June 2017 05:08

In the midst of a very rainy week the sun was shining very nicely on Wednesday, May 24, for the 20th Annual Tagaste Golf Outing held at Spook Rock Golf Course in Suffern, NY, and sponsored by the Golf Committee and the Pius X Guild of Tagaste. A great deal of credit goes to Mr. Greg Hayden and the other members of the committee who met and worked tirelessly since the beginning of the year to recruit golfers and sponsors for the event as well as to organize the activities of the day. Some 115 golfers participated, enjoying a noon lunch followed by a 1:00 pm shotgun start. After a full afternoon of golf there was a cocktail hour followed by dinner and an awards presentation at the Spook Rock Chalet. There was also a silent auction and a 50/50. Special appreciation plaques were presented to Margaret Evans, president emeritus of the Pius X Guild, and Rita Gannon, secretary of Tagaste, for their outstanding support of the Outing over the years. Fr. John Gruben, OAR, prior of Tagaste, welcomed all of the golfers and gave the table blessing to begin the dinner; Fr. Fidel Hernández presented a slideshow with photos of all the candidates who were helped by the scholarship fund since its beginning in 1997 as well as a short video in which Fra. José Arredondo, recipient of this year’s scholarship award, offered words of thanks from our house of formation in Madrid. By a happy coincidence, Fr. Michael Rafferty, prior provincial, and Fredric Abiera, province secretary, who were present for the event, were celebrating their 14th anniversary of priestly ordination. The Golf Outing has become the biggest and most successful fund raising activity of the year for Tagaste and has contributed substantially to the education of our candidates to become Augustinian Recollect priests and brothers.

Rita Gannon, Greg Hayden, and Peggy Evans

Fray José Arredondo, recipient of this year's scholarship.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 June 2017 15:08
Annual Retreat 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:48

Annual Retreat at Saint Augustine Priory, Oxnard, California

May 29- June 2, 2017

Forty- three Augustinian Recollect Friars gathered at St. Augustine Priory in Oxnard, California, on the afternoon of May 29, 2017, to begin their annual five-day retreat. Of the friars present, six were members of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Province and the rest from St. Augustine Province, representing another step toward unification of the two provinces, mandated by the General Chapter of 2016, and enforced by the commission on the unification of both provinces. The Priory extended its traditional hospitality to the retreatants, making everyone feel welcome, well cared for, and well fed! The retreat director, Fr. Michael DiGregorio, OSA, is prior provincial of the Villanova (Eastern) Province of the Order of Saint Augustine. Fr. DiGregorio offered a morning and afternoon conference each day and a question-and-answer session in the evenings; he also preached each day at Mass. The conferences centered on the Rule of St. Augustine, and challenged all those present to take a fresh look at this central document of Augustinianism, to continue to grow in self-awareness, and to experience anew the joy of living together in community as brothers who are united in the common life and in service to the Church.


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 June 2017 06:12
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